As promised, LG Electronics hired Olympic Gold medal sprinter Darren Campbell (pictured) to promote its Blu-ray prototype, the BP100, at the Best of Stuff technology show held recently in London.
LG hinted at a Spring 2007 launch in the UK, however the company’s plans seem far from finalized. Even as Campbell posed with the photo-sample in the UK, questions were being raised across the Atlantic, at an LG dealer show in Orlando,during which LG failed to show any Blu-ray equipment.
US Product development director Tim Alessi implied that LG would only make formal announcements about its BD player plans at the upcoming CES in January. “We will provide an announcement when the time is right,” he said. “We are going to continue to look at all aspects of the market to come up with the best solution.” LG has long been associated with plans to launch a combination Blu-ray/HD DVD player. Could the brand be planning to once again announce a universal machine at the Las Vegas trade show?
At its US dealer show, LG previewed 11 new plasma screens, due for release in the US in 2007, ranging from 42 inches to 71 inches. Three models, the PB4D series, will come in 42-, 50- and 60-inch screen sizes and feature integrated HD PVRs. It remains unclear if the company will ship PVR-enabled plasmas in Europe; a mismatch of analogue and digital TV systems make any such product introduction challenging at best.
The company says it will also introduce no fewer than 20 LCD TV models in the US, 11 of which use 1080p glass.